Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception. Psalms 12:2
Unfortunately, life does not come with a label, warning anyone about being deceived concerning the way men live. We do know the human body is so fragile that a single mistake in judgment can result with pain and suffering the rest of your life. Through experience the adult human being has knowledge of the dangers that he or she is continuously exposed to. The dangers outside your home are such that the mother typically says Ė be careful Ė when you are going out the front door for work or school.
A second of carelessness may cause an injury that will affect the left of your life, but danger in this world is not completely unknown. The reality of life tells us that every labor saving device designed for the comfort and ease of mankind, but the device does not consider the well being of the person using it. The real danger is caused by those who do not know how to use the device, uses the device for something it was not designed for and does not properly maintain the device.
Today workers are trained when working around machinery, a second of safety precaution means you can go home to your family with all of your limbs intact. How many times have you heard of a crane operator that died because he struck overhead electrical wires? On the other hand, how many people are arrested while driving under the influence? Accidents are not entirely preventable or related to the work place. Man is capable of making good decisions as well as poor ones. The reality of life is that there is a consequence for every decision whether good or bad. Another reality is that you are not always in control because other people make decisions that affect your life.
Thousands of people die from being wrong mostly from ignorance, arrogance, and neglect along with carelessness. Regardless of oneís occupation, nationality, age, or beliefs people do what they believe to be right in their own eyes. For example, most of us have seen the arrogant driver that shakes their fist as they pass your car. Their faces and gestures show anger because they have places to go and things to do while they pass you uttering words not fit to be heard.
In spite of vocation, loyalty to country, maturity, faith or the knowledge, there is a God that knows millions of people die in their sin from ignorance, arrogance and from neglect. The danger of being deceived is greater in spiritual matters than in the world where we can observe the dangers of life. Someone once said that everything has a purpose and every purpose has a reason. The world is so busy acquiring its luxuries that they fail to pay attention to the reason they are on earth and why God created them.
If everything has a purpose and every purpose has a reason than it is up to each of us to decide what our purpose in life is. Everyone on the face of the earth knows that God exists because he made it plain to them (Romans 1:19.) We also know that God created the heavens and the earth, but overlook that the earth was designed to support human life. If man is the reason God designed the earth to sustain, why did he create us, what is the purpose we serve in his plan? In addition if were to think logically, we can deduct that if God is able to create the earth to support human life, he is also able to create an environment hostile to mankind known as hell.
God has embedded in man the knowledge of his existence, but man has ignored God. God explains the problem man faces in this manner.
I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand." Isaiah 1:2-3
The man that God created has rebelled and denied his authority over them. Man knows about the invisible qualities, eternal power and divine nature of God, therefore he is without excuse.
Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities ó his eternal power and divine nature ó have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20
Why isnít the world dumbfounded to understand that the worldís population is rebelling against God? To this day, the world hasnít a clue how or why man is in rebellion to God. Although they understand that God rules over his creation, they are distracted and overwhelmed with the things of this world to consider that they are a part of Godís creation and subject to his rule.
In addition, millions of people live their entire life in hope that God will find them worthy of being accepted into heaven when that day comes. The earthís population has a better knowledge of how their car, computer, television and X-Box work than they know about God. Men and women are intoxicated with things and allow the craving to own these things to govern their lives. Because of the world wants you to buy the things it produces the world will lure you by making things attractive and easy to obtain. In the long run, these things rob its owners of relationships with other people and allow them to withdraw to hide from the problems of the world.
The truth concerning success in life is found in the abundance of life. Men have learned to depend on doctors to live longer, but they also know that they will eventually die. Death is so revolting to men that they seldom think about dying and live as if there is no tomorrow. God on the other hand, created man to be accountable to him for what they have done and he is concerned about the life youíve made.
Its time to say we have had had enough of things that does not satisfy the needs of our life and focus our attention on living. God doesnít make junk. You are not a misfit, a freak of nature, or an accident looking for a place to happen. God created you for a purpose and the real purpose is found in the realm he created for you to dwell in the hereafter.
In this creation God created man male and female so you would have a mate and a relationship with another person and eventually with other people. His creation was an example of the relationship God wants man to have with him. However, our nature is self-destructive in every form of relationships.
The majority of human beings in the world understand that God is the supreme authority of everything he created. Still, people do not consider that the ultimate sin is refusing to submit to Godís authority. Man inherently knows what to expect from the things they create, but cannot grasp the idea that God created them. Hasnít the human race been deceived when we fail to seek why God created man and learns enough about him to comply with what God created us to do?
The truth about deception is we find out too late that we have been deceived. Normally, the outcome of being deceived is finding our body dangling from the mouth of the lion on his way to the den or up the creek without a paddle. Then its too late and there is no way out, but face the consequences.
The human race is unaware that God is a spirit since he rules our world from the spiritual realm. Because our eyes are designed for the physical world, therefore, it is impossible to know what is going on in the Spiritual realm without trust in Godís wisdom and guidance.
The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:17
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Our flesh was not designed to function by faith but to see, touch and smell the things of earth. This is the most probable reason why no one has seen God or the angel called Satan. The history of God and his kingdom is understood by faith. Mankind would be surprised to know there is a war in heavenly realm spilling into our realm. In this war a leading angel, Satan, rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven to the earth.
Determined to become like God this angel found himself in the world God loved. Knowing that he could not defeat God, Satan chose to make war on the men and women of this world. In this war, he is determined to prevent men from having a relationship with God and if possible sever any kind of relationship men has with God.
Unknown to man, Satan has a history of suppressing the truth and inciting the human race to sin against God. He has filled mankind with a craving for the things of the world that consumes their time and keeps their mind on things of earth rather than knowing what God wants from men.
The majority of the human race is completely unaware that they are living in an environment Satan is oppressing by intimidation and deception. Oppressing because he is ruling the human lives of countless people without the authority to do so. He rules by deception and intimidates his subjects to sin against the God they recognize as the Supreme ruler of the universe.
This rebellious angel is known by several names of which the better known names are Satan and the Devil. God has provided a profile on Satanís skills, character and goals within his word to make everyone aware of the dangers of being corrupted. In Godís word, Peter likens Satan to a roaring lion looking for someone to devour and Proverbs likens a roaring lion to a ruthless leader.
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked man ruling over a helpless people. Proverbs 28:15
No matter how one looks at the roaring lion it poses a picture of an animal that uses his skills in a deliberate and deceptive manner. The lion is a predator of the territory he assumes and attacks the weakest available target to survive.
When the lion roars he is sending an intimidating, but threatening alarm to those who can hear him. He covertly pursues his prey in secret by dragging his belly on the ground and quietly sneaks up on his prey until he is spotted by the victim. Then the victimís race for life begins, but because the lion is merciless the victim is eventually devoured.
Satan is like the thief that comes in the night and like the snake strikes suddenly. He reigns in terror and like a criminal that intimidates his victim to ensure they do what he wants. He comes to kill, to steal and destroy and then laughs at the pain and suffering he leaves behind. To add insult to injury, Satan then points his finger at you and says itís entirely your fault, because heís a perfect angel.
Satan works like the cars in the passing lane going twenty miles an hour over the speed limit that compels you to drive over the speed limit. You join the crowd because you see the advantage of going places and doing things at a faster pace. Eventually the man with the badge pulls you over, gives you a ticket for speeding and summonses you to court. You tell the judge that you were only doing what everyone else was doing. The judge said you had a choice, but you also told me that you chose to speed. Then with the knock of the gavel the judge renders the guilty verdict and a heavy fine.
Men donít understand that the ticket would be in the courtís hands before you arrived to face the judge? Doesnít this give you the time to hire an attorney and prepare a defense? In the same manner a record of your deeds will reach Godís throne long before Jesus takes his seat to judge. The trouble with your deeds is that it will cling to your life and you will never know if or when it will reveal itself in this life, but on the day you stand before Jesus you may be sure that your sins will find you out.
The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden. 1 Timothy 5:24-25
The biggest deception of life is that the world has the knowledge of God, but will not take the time to find out what God expects from them or prepare for that day. Being proud of their behavior the world makes uninformed and has an unwarranted hope why God will accept them into heaven. Instead plan on going to heaven because they lived a moral life without the understanding that God will have compassion on those he finds worthy.
If everything has a purpose and every purpose has a reason what is Godís reason to purposely create the human race? The mistake people make is to tell others that the world and everything on it came from a single cell or from a big bang. Take your pick, but neither one explains God as a Supreme Being or why you are alive. God gave wisdom to Solomon who became known in the nations surrounding Israel for having great wisdom. He pondered and searched out many subjects to impart knowledge. Solomon said that the words of the wise are like goads, like firmly embedded nails that weary the soul. After much soul searching he concluded,
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Men make time in this world planning to learn the sciences of the world for the benefit of the income they receive the rest of their lives. God has made it plain to the world that he exists, but man is satisfied with rumors and knowing very little about God.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7
Fools lack the prudence to use the wisdom and disciple given to them by God. This same fool is better prepared for the trip to Hawaii next week than to meet God in person. Everyone on earth has twenty-four hours a day to use in any way they see fit. The goals of this fast paced world should never overcome the need to take time out to ask about God and his plans? Solomon also wrote,
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
God has given you the right to eternal life and the choice to accept it. There is nothing under the sun keeping you from seeking knowledge about God when he has made it available to you. It is a choice of your own making to reject the knowledge that can save you. No one can fathom the heartbreak that God will have, on the day he calls you into account for your life. What good will come of your life to have gained the whole world at the cost of forfeiting your soul?